My $5 Wedding

Theresa Corbin shares how a modest budget for her nikah and walima resulted in a special, personal and memorable ceremony. There are so countless wedding traditions around the world. But one thing is for sure: most weddings involve money and lots of it. For the average young person, money is a major obstacle to getting married, … Read more

Five Minutes with eL Seed, Calligraffiti Artist

Amidst a book launch, a worldwide calligraffiti project, eL Seed shares nuggets of random origin with Jonathan Wilson. He might not be hiding in the shadows like Banksy, but eL Seed is still a hard man to pin down and definitely in demand. I finally managed to get hold of him for a quick-fire interview amid … Read more

MOCAfest 2015: eL Seed gives Islamic art a new breath with calligraffiti

This Tunisian-French artist with a vivid passion for street art wants to make people question themselves, create human connections and revive their heritage. eL Seed was born and raised in suburban Paris to Tunisian parents. He started spraypainting in the 90s, as form of self-exploration of his multiple identities and heritage. With hip-hop, graffiti and … Read more

Experimental artist encompasses expression

Artist Rusaila Bazlamit speaks to Amal Awad about her artwork and life, and how the experience has changed her approach to creation. You should never judge a book by its cover, but arguably you can tell a lot about a person from their website. In the case of artist Rusaila Bazlamit’s Lab Tajribi, the “who … Read more

6 iron-free ways to “de-crease” your hijab wrinkles

You no longer have to keep ironing your scarves. Try these tips for hassle-free hijab upkeep. By Shea Rasol. The idea of a hijab that you never have to iron again sounds like a dream. Who hasn’t dreamt of heading out the door in a jiffy, without a crease in sight? Here’s how you can minimise … Read more

DIY: Go Galactic!

Maryam Yusof shows you how to create your own personalized galaxy-print tote bag. There was a time when I was so obsessed with images of the galaxy that I convinced a committee at my school to assign a galactic theme to an upcoming event. Maybe it was from staring at my default MacBook desktop image … Read more

The Art of Arabic Calligraphy

As part of our Islamic historical and cultural identities around the world, this dying art should be preserved. By Alayna Ahmad. I have always admired the delicate phrases and words that so artistically adorn the domes of mosques, the courtyard of palaces and the pages of old books. This art form, known as calligraphy, has its … Read more

Photography Contest: The Spirit of Ramadan

Your Ramadhan photographs are just waiting for you to enter this competition. This is an invitation to all professional and amateur photographers: show the world your talent while you showcase the beauty of Islam. The 2012 International Ramadan Photography Competition (IRPC), Capture the Spirit of Ramadan is now open. The aim of this project is to share … Read more

Peter’s Picks: Exploring Art’s Intersections

This week, Peter Gould spreads the word about a calligrapher who expands her artistic boundaries to venture into entirely different realms of expression. Soraya Sanders is a gifted calligrapher based in the UK. Her recent project, Hurriyah (video below; meaning “Freedom” in Arabic), is a stunning creative fusion of calligraphy, animation and dance. Soraya has pushed and shifted the … Read more